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Old 16th April 2012, 00:40   #2
DJ Egg
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Is ReplayGain enabled in Winamp? (Winamp > Prefs > Playback > Replay Gain tab)
If yes, then the default "Adjustment for files without Replay Gain" value of -6.0 dB will make Winamp sound quieter than other apps.
You could try changing it to e.g. -4.0 or less (ie. something closer to 0, though I wouldn't personally recommend going higher than 0).

Other than that, you could try switching to WaveOut Output (Prefs > Plugins > Output),
then restart playback and increase the volume in Winamp to max,
then switch back to DirectSound Output (same Prefs screen), and restart playback again.

Also check the volume level for Winamp in Windows Volume Mixer.
Maybe it's set too low in there?
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